Jaipur: The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in Rajasthan has welcomed the one-child policy statement given by the Health Minister Raghu Sharma of the Congress government in the state.
The deputy leader of opposition in the assembly Rajendra Rathore has asked the government to propose a bill on this during the forthcoming session of the assembly. "I welcome the one-child policy statement of the health minister and hope he will not back down", said Rathore in a tweet.
The Health Minister had backed the population control measures proposed by the Uttar Pradesh government and advocated the one-child policy by saying that this is high time to change the slogan of ‘Hum do humare do’ to 'Hum do humara ek’ (one child per family).
It is to mention that Congress has not taken any official stand on the population policy of the UP government at the national level. Considering this, the BJP in Rajasthan had immediately taken up the statement of the minister and reacted.
The deputy leader of opposition Rajendra Rathore said, "Collective responsibility is the soul of our constitution and considering this the statement of the minister is the statement of the whole cabinet. The government should propose the one-child policy based on this statement and pass it in the assembly. We shall welcome it".
On the other hand, there seems to be a difference of opinion on the one-child policy in the ministers as the transport minister Pratap Sing Khachariwas is advocating a two-child policy. He said that it is time now that the Central government should propose the two-child policy of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. He said that BJP had opposed this policy at that time and made it an election issue, had that policy been implemented the country would not have been 130 crores now.
It is to note that Rajasthan has already had a two-child policy in place. One cannot get a government job or contest an election of panchayat and urban local bodies if he has more than two children, the policy states.
An NGO Jansankhya Samadhan Foundation is running a campaign to make it more stringent. "We are demanding that people with more than 2 children should be denied the right to vote and government welfare scheme", said Vikrant Singh national president of the foundation.